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South Sudan crisis appeal

Over three years of fighting have forced more than three million people from their homes. Now 7.5 million people are in urgent need of help, as South Sudan faces a devastating famine. 

The South Sudan famine is pushing vulnerable people to the brink - they're barely surviving on what they can find to eat in swamps. Please donate to Oxfam's South Sudan appeal today, before we run out of time to stop more families going hungry.

Help provide urgently needed food, water and sanitation to the people who need it most.

Donate to South Sudan 

Robert Fogarty

Margaret, from Magwi county, lost her son Pasquali in Mundri and her daughter-in-law in a bus hijacking. She now takes care of their two children in Mangaten camp, Juba.

Robert Fogarty

The situation

South Sudan is on the brink of catastrophe. Some 100,000 are already living in famine and nearly five million people - 40% of the population - are facing extreme hunger. More than 60% of the population - 7.5 million people - are in need of humanitarian aid.

Over 3 million have now been forced from their homes, with 1.3 million people having fled to neighbouring countries and approaching two million displaced within the country.

The crisis is expected to reach its height in July when the peak of the hunger season is expected and half the population could be facing extreme hunger. The people of South Sudan are used to coping with adversity but in over 30 years of working in these affected areas, Oxfam has never witnessed such dire need. Civilians including women and children have been attacked,  and schools and hospitals have been looted and burned. Tens of thousands of people have been killed.

Many have had to leave behind their possessions, crops and livestock or sell their assets to escape and have no means to buy food, water and other essentials. 

Camps are becoming overcrowded and poor sanitation is increasing the risk of disease.

The declaration of famine in South Sudan reflects the collective failure to heed the countless warnings of an ever-worsening situation. This is a man-made tragedy, and we are running out of time to avoid it getting worse.

Oxfam's response 

In 2016 Oxfam helped more than 600,000 people across the country by providing food and water - including almost 40,000 of the most vulnerable in Panyijar county, Unity State. We build and repair boreholes and wells, test quality levels, treat water, and train people to look after and maintain their own water supply.

South Sudan has been facing a cholera outbreak since June 2015. Oxfam is preventing the spread of disease by constructing safe, sanitary latrines in camps and settlements, as well as community and household toilets.

Since July 2016, over 900,000 people have fled to Uganda with around 2,000 arriving each day. In Uganda, the Bidibidi refugee camp - the largest in the world - is home to over 250,000 people. Oxfam is providing water to the whole camp and creating water systems that will last for 20 years as it is expected that many people who have fled to Uganda will remain there for decades.

Oxfam has seven humanitarian bases across the country and teams are running life-saving activities in other locations where the need is greatest. We are:

  • Providing regular emergency food distributions to over 415,000 people. We recently carried out (March 16th) an emergency food distribution in Panyijar County to feed 2,000 people who had recently arrived from famine-hit areas with nothing to eat.
  • Providing clean water, safe sanitation facilities, essential hygiene items and promoting good hygiene practices to help keep diseases like cholera at bay.
  • Providing vouchers for canoes so that people sheltering from the conflict on islands in the swamps can get to the help they need
  • Supporting the most vulnerable people to produce food for themselves and develop ways to make a living, for example by providing livestock or training, tools and seeds .

Oxfam is also responding to the refugee crisis in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad.

Photo: Pablo Tosco

Oxfam distributes WFP food at Mingkaman where 58,000 people forced from their homes have arrived in search of food, water and safety from the violence.

Further information

History of Oxfam in southern Sudan

Oxfam has been present in southern Sudan since 1983, providing humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict, drought and floods, as well as long-term development support to vulnerable communities. 

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